Special Exhibition 'Forgotten by Happiness

Foreign-placed, hired, incapacitated: An exhibition on compulsory measures for care in Graubünden.


18.06.2021 to 29.08.2021 from 10:00 to 17:00 o'clock

Foreign-placed, incapacitated, cared for, forcibly adopted or sterilised in institutions: until the 1970s, tens of thousands of children, adolescents and adults in Switzerland were affected by compulsory measures of care. In Graubünden there were several thousand. Many came from difficult social and economic circumstances. Their way of life, which deviated from bourgeois norms, was the reason for massive interventions and repressive measures. For some years now, those affected have been raising their voices. They report on what has been suffered and demand treatment. That they were wrongised is now officially recognised. In 2017, the Grisons government issued an apology. The exhibition focuses on five people affected, born between 1881 and 1957. In walk-in rooms made of cardboard, you are invited as a visitor to immerse yourself in your world. Radio plays and archive documents tell the fates. And the question is asked: how do we deal with what has happened today?


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